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Overview

The Mont Blanc Circuit

This adventure combines three countries into one trip as we cross the rugged Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland then back into France. The spectacular Mont Blanc Circuit is one of the world’s classic hikes and demands some respect. From the massif of Mont Blanc (4810m – the highest mountain in Western Europe), seven valleys extend into France, Italy, and Switzerland. The trek around Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s best mountain walks. You’ll get a chance to appreciate the different cultures, foods, and people while you hike through glorious Alpine scenery.

Each valley retains its own unique culture, architecture, and landscape and it’s through these valleys you will hike. Each day we hike up to the ridges and descend into valleys below, with time to enjoy views of glaciers, green mountain meadows and snow-capped peaks.

This trip is guaranteed to depart with 6 people (we limit numbers to 12 on each departure).

Yellow hiker icon We are Australia’s most trusted company for guided TMB trips and have been operating in the European Alps for nearly 16 years! 

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Highlights

Get Ready For

  • One of the world’s best mountain treks
  • Three countries in one trip: France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Glorious alpine scenery and friendly wildlife encounters
  • Culinary delights and fascinating history
  • Small group travel with like-minded walkers
  • Experienced international mountain leader

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On the trail

The experience

The Mont Blanc circuit is a well-defined trail that has intermittent signposts at various junctions and offers some route variations on selected days. The terrain underfoot can vary from narrow dirt paths and rock trails on the mountain sections, to unsealed or tarmac roads in the valleys. The trek will take you over a number of passes which will involve some long and challenging ascents and descents however, the stunning views will be reward for your effort. The first day of trekking, above Chamonix, involves some steep climbing and ladders to ascend to the Grand Balcon.  A high level of walking fitness is required to complete all the days of the circuit – this trek is no Sunday stroll and will require training and preparation. This trek is spectacularly varied and no two days are alike in terms of scenery and conditions, and often weather, which makes it even more enticing!  Be sure to read our Training and Destination guides for more details on training and what to expect on the trip.

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Customer Testimonials

AMAZING!!! The views and scenery were simply stunning. Could not begin to capture the experience in photographs. Definitely challenging at times but completely doable. Our guide David Potter was an absolute LEGEND! Not only a lovely and very engaging person, David often took us off the traditional track so that we could experience the best of the best. Could not rate David highly enough. This trek will definitely go down as life’s highlight for me.

Nadia Baker, Hunters Hill (NSW) - August 2023

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Customer Testimonials

Fantastic trip and excellent guide. The best part was hiking up and down through the Alps with stunning views every day. Accommodation in Les Houches was excellent – the best of the whole trip.

Shane & Jillian Henderson, Waurn Ponds (VIC) - July 2023

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Customer Testimonials

Best hike ever. Loved the scenery and the accommodation was really good.

Debra Henderson, Cottelsoe (WA) - July 2023

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Great weather, an interesting and informative guide, spectacular scenery and challenging ascents and descents – traversing famous cols.

Duncan Garvie (New Zealand) – July 2019

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I had a wonderful trek, immersed in the magnificent scenery together with my fellow trekkers. Our guide, David, was the best. His generous nature, patience, knowledge, experience and humour made all the difference. It was a great trip.

Jennifer Trethowan (VIC) – June 2019

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Customer Testimonials

We enjoyed the whole experience; including the challenging walks every day, the magnificent views and great company. Our guide, Julien, did a terrific job – planning the best routes, arranging lunch, booking dinners and most importantly, guiding us safely through the whole trek.

Peter Ronald Tunks (VIC) – June 2019

Itinerary

Daily details

important info

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a very popular walk and refuges are sometimes overbooked. This is just a guide to the route and details may change and the actual refuges booked may vary from what is written here, dependent on client numbers, wishes, and availability. This adjustment with refuges may alter the exact distance walked in a day so the above itinerary should be used as an indication of overnight stops/distances.

Accommodation: We use long-established family run 2-star (equivalent) rustic hotels and refuges, which we have chosen for their stunning locations. Most offer spectacular mountain views. They are representative of the country, culture and environment in which they are located; all are clean, well-run and set up with the trekker in mind. The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as hikers from many nationalities gather to spend the night. Room sizes (twin, double or occasionally triple or quadruple rooms) and facilities will vary from hotel to hotel and sometimes from room to room in the same hotel. On some nights, facilities are ensuite while others have the possibility, depending on availability and group size, of shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Some nights you may be in triple or quad share dependent on tour selected (Under certain conditions, there might be occasional alterations to lodging arrangements because of unforeseen logistical factors).

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHAMONIX

The afternoon is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surroundings. Take a cable car up the famous Aguille de Midi for spectacular views over the Alps or relax in the many street cafes offering excellent cuisine. You will meet with your leader at 5pm in the hotel for a briefing to go over the trip and you then have a chance to get any last-minute items you may need for your hike. Tonight we will eat dinner at the hotel.

Meals: D

Day 2: TREK CHAMONIX TO LES HOUCHES (13KM, 5 hours)

To commence our journey through the stunning landscapes of the Chamonix region, we have chosen the perfect vantage point to begin our adventure: the majestic Brevent. We get there via the picturesque Col du Brevent, with our journey commencing by ascending the cable car to Planpraz, a convenient and breathtaking start to our exploration. From the summit (2525 m), the view of the grandeur of Mont Blanc, is incomparable, however our day doesn’t end until have descended the Brevent and hiked via Bel Lachat and Merlet before arriving in Les Houches for our overnight stay. Today includes some steep climbing, with some ladder and cable sections where careful footing is essential. For your effort you will be rewarded with some spectacular views.

Ascent 500m / Descent 1440m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: TREK LES HOUCHES TO LES CONTAMINES (14KM, 6 hours)

Starting by the Col de Bellevue, from where there are great views of the Aiguille du Gouter. A charming traverse passes right at the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier. A bridge across a river and we then ascend up to the Col du Tricot (2120m). From where a zigzagging path leads us down to the Chalets de Miage before descending down to the Val Montjoie. In poor weather, your guide may decide to use another route via Bionassay instead. Overnight in Les Contamines.

Ascent 630m / Descent 1225m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: TREK LES CONTAMINES TO LES CHAPIEUX (20.5KM, 7 hours)

From the village of Les Contamines, we will walk up to the Col du Bonhomme. The path at this stage leads gently up the valley to the beautiful church of Notre Dame de la Gorge, which will be a picturesque rest stop. The track that was originally constructed by the Romans is roughly paved with large slabs and flagstones. Once past the church, the path winds steeply through pines beside a narrow gorge, where the blue-tinged waters of the Torrent de Tré la Tête boil and thunder between smooth rock walls. We leave the Val Montjoie to cross over to the Beaufortain Valley via the high Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. We arrive at Les Chapieux via the Petit Mont Blanc pasture.

Accommodation this evening is in a refuge in a remote location and will be on a triple or quad share basis and bathroom facilities may be shared.

Ascent 1300m / Descent 900m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: TREK LES CHAPIEUX TO VAL VENY (15KM, 5–6 hours)

A short shuttle bus transfer brings us to Ville des Glaciers (1789m). We reach the Val d’Aosta via the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and from there we see a most imposing view of the south face of the Mont Blanc. A path leads us around the Limestone Pyramids to reach the moraine of the Estelette Glacier and the nearby Refugio Elizabetta. From here we continue onwards down the valley to our overnight stop, by the glacial Lacs de Miage (a well-known local beauty spot).

Today, there is no luggage transfer possible. You will be self-supporting for this night and will be reunited with your baggage in Courmayeur tomorrow. We recommend travelling as light as possible – just a change of clothes and a toothbrush! 

Accommodation this evening is in a refuge and will be on a triple or quad share basis and bathroom facilities may be shared.

Ascent 720m / Descent 540m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: VAL VENY TO COURMAYEUR (13KM, 5 hours)

Today is a slightly shorter day to Courmayeur and a chance to relax and take in the views from the terrace in the morning. The way up to the Arp Vieille (2420 m) is easy and takes you onto a magnificent balcony. Mont Blanc sits enthroned above the Brouillard and Freney Glaciers and summits such as the Innominata and the Aiguilles de Peuterey – all epic names in alpinism. Descent to the col Checroui then onto Courmayeur for your overnight stay.

Ascent 480m / Descent 1220m

Meals: B, L
Dinner is not included this evening.

Day 7: REST DAY IN COURMAYEUR

Today you have a full day to explore this Italian Alpine town, enjoy an espresso in one off the street cafes or take the incredible cable car ride from Le Palud to the point Helbronner at 3470m. There is also an excellent thermal bath and spa at Pre St Didier, just 5km away (regular buses). Or you could take a trip to the provincial capital of Aosta (1 hour by bus) with its Roman remains and medieval streets. Your leader will be able to offer some suggestions.

Meals: B

Day 8 : TREK COURMAYEUR TO ITALIAN VAL FERRET (16.2KM, 6–8 hours)

Leaving from the hamlet of Villair (1340m) is a charming forested ascent to the Bertone refuge, then over a crest dominating the Val Ferret we get to Tete Bernada (2534m), we are at the summit of one of the most beautiful lookouts on the whole Tout du Mont Blanc. There is also an alternative path which runs on the flank of the mountain to Refuge Bonatti on a glorious contouring trail with flower meadows, milky streams and clanging cowbells while descending into the Italian Val Ferret.

Shared bathroom facilities this evening and may require a triple or quad share.

Ascent 970m or 1300m / Descent 550m or 950m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: TREK ITALIAN VAL FERRET TO LA FOULY (21KM, 8 hours)

This day starts with an easy walk up the valley to Refugio Elena where the most demanding climb to the pass begins. The ascent to the Col Ferret (2537m) is steep but enjoyable. Crossing the Grand Col Ferret takes you out of Italy and into Switzerland along the eastern edge of the Mont Blanc Range. There are a few streams to cross today. The walk down into the Swiss Val Ferret is through pastureland and on a mixture of paths, tracks and through valaisan pastures to the charming village of La Fouly (1595m) where we will stay overnight.

Accommodation is in a remote location and may require a triple or quad share & a shared bathroom. Luggage transfers are also not included on this day so you will need to carry a spare set of base layer clothes and basic toiletries for the night.

Ascent 1240m / Descent 1200m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: TRANSFER LA FOULY TO CHAMPEX, TREK TO TRIENT (18KM, 6 hours)

The classic Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route.This part of the trail passes near meadows, forests and then steeply up to the high alpine pastures and simple Alp building of the working dairy farm Bovine that overlooks the Rhône Valley. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest and we are hanging over the Rhone valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous balcony and views of far-ranging mountains.

Take a moment to enjoy spectacular views across to the Bernese Alps before a very pleasant and mostly downhill woodland walk that will take you to Col de La Forclaz. Then its 45 minutes of steep downhill into Trient.

There is a possible variation via the Fenêtre d’Arpette d’Arpette (2671m). This is the highest pass of the Tour du Mont Blanc at (2665m) and a tough climb up a valley and rocky slopes to reach the pass – reckoned by many to be the hardest part of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Accommodation this evening is in a refuge in a remote location and will be on a triple or quad share basis and bathroom facilities will be shared.

Ascent 800m or 1200m / Descent 960m or 1140m

Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 11: TREK TRIENT TO ARGENTIERE (17KM, 6-7 hours)

The walk up to the Col de Balme (2131m) via les Herbageres brings us back into France. A long but gradual ascent up to the Col De Balme with its picturesque refuge on the pass that marks the border with France. Superb Views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley stretched before you. Returning to the Chamonix Valley from here is a very pleasant walk. Col de La Balme is the furthest point from the summit of Mont Blanc, enjoy panoramic views of lovely snow domes that will remain in sight for most of the descent into Argentiere.

Ascent 1020m / Descent 1020m

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: ARGENTIERE TO CHAMONIX (14KM, 5–6 hours)

From Argentiere we climb up to Cheserys, a balcony offering grandiose views; the glaciers of le Tour, Argentiere, the Mer de Glace, the Aiguille verte, the Drus , the Aiguilles de Chamonix and of course Mont Blanc dominating all these mountain marvels. We expect to add a slice of wildlife to this day as a reward for our efforts, as ibex are common here. The trek ends at Flegere, where we return to Chamonix by cable car in the afternoon. Your mountain leader may modify the itinerary if conditions necessitate.

Ascent 930m or 1125m / Descent 325m or 380m

Meals: B, L
**Please note that dinner on the final night is at your own expense. Your guide will make a booking for your group in Chamonix for dinner if you would like to have a celebratory dinner with your fellow trekkers.

Day 13: DEPART CHAMONIX

The trip finishes today and you are free to stay on or you can transfer by private vehicle or shared transfer this morning from Chamonix to Geneva airport (not included in trip price).

Meals: B

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Chamonix

This town is dominated by the mighty Mont Blanc massif with tumbling glaciers visible from the main street. There are many attractions including the Aguille Du Midi cablecar with its stupendous views and restaurant, the glacier express railway, and whitewater rafting right in the town. Plus Europe’s best selection of outdoor gear shops along its attractive streets.

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Les Houches

A small town situated at 1000m of altitude and lying at the foot of Mont-Blanc (4810m), Les Houches offers an exceptional panorama of the peaks surrounding Chamonix. The village itself boasts charming chalets, hotels and restaurants where you can savour delicious Savoyard cuisine including fondue, raclette and and hearty mountain dishes.

Les Contamines

This small picturesque village has a beautiful Baroque church in the nearby wooded valley and a Roman Bridge on the TMB Trail which leads to the Col du Bon Homme. It is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and alpine meadows. It offers breathtaking views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.

Les Chapieux

Les Chapieux is an idyllic hamlet and one of the last stops in France before you cross to Italy. Situated at an altitude of about 1,550m, it serves as a gateway to the stunning Mont Blanc Massif and the Tarentaise Valley. The village exudes tranquility and offers a glimpse into traditional alpine life with its charming wooden chalets and breathtaking alpine vistas.

Col de la Seigne

This pass (2516m) straddles the border between France and Italy connecting the Italian Valle d’Aosta region with France’s Savoie region. If offers awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the Mont Blanc Massif, including the imposing Mont Blanc itself, and the long valley descent to Courmayeur. The breathtaking alpine landscape, with rugged peaks, pristine glaciers, and alpine meadows stretches as far as the eye can see.

Courmayeur

This charming Italian ski town is nestled in the heart of the Aosta Valley at the foot of Mont Blanc. It provides a welcome taste of civilisation at the midway point of the trek. Courmayeur has a vibrant culinary scene, offering delicious Italian cuisine, including regional specialties like hearty pasta dishes and delectable cheeses.

Rifugio Bonatti

Named after renowned Italian mountaineer Walter Bonatti, this mountain hut is situated in a truly spectacular setting, perched at an elevation of approximately 2,025m above sea level in the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif. The welcoming hosts ensure a warm and friendly atmosphere for guests.

 

 

 

La Fouly

Your first stop in Switzerland lives up to the hype! The picture-perfect scenery of the Val Ferret is hard to overstate. La Fouly sits at the head of a verdant forested valley, populated by small hamlets of old Swiss wooden chalets. It is one of the most enjoyable sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Champex

The charming village of Champex is ocated in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Valais and one of our overnight stops on the TMB. The village lies at 1,470m on the shore of Lac de Champex, at the foot of the Mont Blanc Massif. It is a starting point for many hikes into the surrounding mountains and huts.

Trient

Trient is a small village in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is the last stop in Switzerland before heading over the Col de Balme back into France. The village has retained much of its historical charm. Its traditional wooden chalets, many of which date back centuries, showcase the region’s architectural heritage.

Argentière

Laidback Argentière, at the foot of the impressive Argentière Glacier, is surrounded by majestic peaks, including the iconic Aiguille Verte. In summer it’s a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, attracting hikers, mountain bikers and rockclimbers.

Inclusions

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Included
  • 2 nights accommodation in Chamonix (B&B)
  • 10 nights accommodation in small hotels or mountain refuges.
  • Twin share accommodation (two/three nights which will be triple or quad share)
  • Small group max 12 people
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking mountain leader
  • Pre trek briefing in Chamonix
  • Daily meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • RAW Travel local support
  • Lift passes as required
  • Luggage transfers on all but 2 trekking days
Excluded
  • Flights to/from your destination
  • Local bus and train tickets
  • Lunch not included on day 7 (rest day)
  • Dinners not included on days 6, 7 and 12
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Chamonix Valley Transfers is our preferred partner and bookings can be made via their website: https://chamonix-valley-transfers.co.uk/book/

This is pick up and drop off at the airport in Geneva to our base hotel in Chamonix.

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We have our own staff of experienced and qualified International Mountain Leaders. Not only do they know the trek routes exceptionally well but they will excel in looking after you; your safety is our priority in an alpine environment. All our guides are native English speakers, so clear communication is never an issue.

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